Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger discusses the Paris attacks
Arsene Wenger admits his shock at the Paris terror attacks which left more than 130 people dead on Friday
Arsene Wenger has admitted his shock at Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris which left more than 130 people dead.
The Arsenal manager was in the French capital himself and was due to attend France’s friendly clash with Germany at the Stade De France before opting to watch the game in his hotel room.
I was more under shock than fearful
A series of gun attacks and bombings rocked the city in the most deadly European terrorist attacks since the Madrid bombings in 2004.
Wenger was questioned about the attacks in a news conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Thursday morning, and the Frenchman admitted that there was a sense of shock in France following the horrific events.
Wenger said on Thursday morning: “The whole city was shocked.
“I think France, like England, is a tolerant and generous country and to discover how much your own citizens hate you and hate the country is of course a huge shock for everybody.
“You wonder what’s going on there, why does this country get this kind of treatment? I believe at the moment nobody in France has found an answer, a real explanation for what’s going and why, because what was targeted is the way of life: football, going out, listening to music… It’s more a way of life that is targeted than any individual community.”
He continued: “I was more under shock than fearful. You could be scared about what’s going on because four different places were attacked in the centre of Paris so you don’t feel secure anywhere.
“I was late in my appointment and was late to go to the stadium so I decided to watch the game inside the hotel where I was. In the hotel we were quite secure. But the streets were of course completely empty.”
Wenger’s Arsenal side return to Premier League action with a trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners head into the game in second place in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after 12 matches.